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After growing their audience 550 percent last year, Mic landed a $10 million VC investment to try to become the number one spot for millennial-era news sites. Formerly PolicyMic, the company has recently rebranded and redesigned their site, hired star editorial staffers, and is planning new verticals in tech and health.
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Quick: what do you think is the top adult entertainment brand in the world? Playboy? Hustler? PornHub? Turns out, it’s none of the above. That throne belongs to Jasmin.com, a lesser-known camming site that has grown to pull in nearly a million dollars in revenue every day.
That little known fact could remain a secret as long as major cable networks have anything to say about it. Jasmin.com has been denied from running a relatively tame advertisement during the upcoming Emmy Awards. Megan Morahan of NBC Universal’s ad sales team told them:
I ran your spot by our standards group, and unfortunately we cannot accept advertising for Jasmin.com.
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What’s worse than feeling anxious on your overseas flight? Cuddling up to a blanket that visually displays your nerves to everyone else.
British Airways tested blankets designed to identify passengers’ feelings of well-being on flights from London to New York last week, Re/code reported.
The so-called “happiness blankets” are outfitted with LED lights that turn red (stressed and anxious) or blue (calm and relaxed) according to readings by neuro-sensing headbands.
After months of deliberation by one of the world’s largest porn sites and its community, Pornhub has finally chosen a Creative Director to help the site break into the mainstream.
Pornhub held a contest over the past few months to find a new Creative Director, in which candidates submitted “Safe For Work” advertisements for Pornhub. A dozen of the contest’s best were chosen as finalists from thousands of submissions. Among the top-ranking campaign ideas were “Everyone’s got a ritual. Discover yours,” and “America’s Largest Do-It-Yourself Website.” From those, Nuri Gulver’s “All You Need Is Hand” campaign won Best in Show.
Last night’s “The Children” was the season four finale of Games of Thrones, and though the numbers aren’t in yet, it’s clear that millions of viewers tuned in—and then turned to the internet, as they have throughout the season, to cheer, bemoan, recap, celebrate, and even remake the events of each episode.
Everyone knows Game of Thrones is hugely popular. What may be surprising is many YouTubers are generating more views than the popular series. Creators across platforms, and on YouTube in particular, are quickly reaching the same scale and viewership, without the marketing and multi-million dollar budgets.
Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter who used phony sign language at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? He’s now the star of a new commercial for an Israeli streaming app.
“I want to be a professional actor,” Mr. Jantjie told Betabeat when we spoke with him over the phone this morning. “[Being famous] was my dream since I was a little boy.”
In the commercial, an enthusiastic Mr. Jantjie announces that he’s sorry for what happened at the funeral, and that he’s going to make it up to the world by entertaining everyone with appearances in ad campaigns. He then goes on to introduce Livelens, a new app that lets users stream live video to their friends and followers.
Meet Jamie Anderson. He’s an Internet marketer in Edinburgh, Scotland, who claims his ingenious “reverse graffiti” campaign helped him earn press coverage and new clients for his SEO company. But in reality, his campaign was completely unremarkable — he only got the media attention by lying to the press.
Back in November 2013, Mr. Anderson used reverse graffiti to advertise his SEO company, RNR SEO. In case you’re not familiar with the “old media” advertising technique, “reverse graffiti” is the act of creating words and images on grimy surfaces by strategically washing away sections of dirt — like if you used your finger to write “BETABEAT WUZ HERE” on a dusty car window.
Gothamist National Media, the hyperlocal news empire based in New York City, announced yesterday that their hyper-local site Austinist is officially closed.
“As an independent, bootstrapped media company, we have to run lean and mean,” Jake Dobkin, the founder and publisher of Gothamist, told Betabeat. “That means pruning the tree each year to keep it healthy and strong, and that’s what led to the Austinist decision.”
Google is launching a major new ad campaign. Billboards, posters, and subway trains are being emblazoned with its imagery. Magazines are rolling off the presses with pages printed in its bright colors. Television spots are set to run against a few nationally distributed shows and against local content in a few metro areas.
It’s a pretty standard traditional media campaign, except one thing: All of this media is advertising YouTube.
For tech entrepreneurs and investors, a social network is the great white whale of startups. Successful ones scale hard and fast, generating mountains of precious user data for advertising clients.
Paul Budnitz, an artist and designer toy maker, thinks that kind of marketer exploitation is downright evil, and has organized a supergroup of artists, programmers, and designers to build a safe haven. It’s called Ello, and it’s a social network with a manifesto.